TV nature icon and bushcraft expert Ray Mears has been named as a Patron of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group to help promote Scilly as a unique place to visit and enjoy.
Ray, who is also a famous author and bushcraft instructor with his company Woodlore, is best known for fronting popular TV programmes including Ray Mears’ World of Survival, Extreme Survival, Ray Mears’ Bushcraft, Ray Mears Goes Walkabout, and Wild Britain with Ray Mears, which included an episode set on the Isles of Scilly and was broadcast in 2013.
Following the announcement Ray Mears said: “I’m delighted to be working with the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group to promote and support this very special UK destination. I’m lucky because my life is about nature, so I don’t feel the frenetic pace of life that many other people do, but for people who are caught up in technology and busy lifestyles, the Isles of Scilly is a perfect panacea.
“Scilly is one of those places which just makes you feel good; there are old-fashioned values on the islands that we’ve forgotten - people have time for each other, and it’s a simpler way of life. Everyone is very friendly and it’s lovely as a visitor to be welcomed into that community while you’re there.
“As well as having the most incredible flora and fauna of course, and if it’s a sunny day, Scilly looks just like the Mediterranean. You feel so refreshed from experiencing it and it’s a true haven to unwind from stress.”
In addition to helping promote the Isles of Scilly as a destination to visit, Ray will also be
working with the Steamship Group to help publicise the Group’s numerous charitable
activities, especially those which directly support island-based nature initiatives.
This includes the RSPB’s SeaBird Recovery Project, which the Group has helped by training some of its staff to work with wildlife experts to protect seabirds and help keep off-islands free of rats, to protect young chicks survive infancy.
The Group also supports marine conservation charity ORCA OceanWatch annually, hosting teams as they carry out surveys to collect sightings of whales, dolphins and porpoises from on-board the Scillonian III ferry, to help with the conservation of cetaceans and raise awareness of the diverse marine wildlife around the UK coastline.
Ray will also meet recipients of the Steamship Group’s Community Fund, which supports
local community projects and good causes creating a positive impact from a community,
social or environmental perspective by awarding grants of up to £10,000.
Marketing and Communications Manager for the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, Sharon Sandercock, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Ray; he is the perfect person to front our campaigns and charitable work supporting projects which have
direct benefits on the local environment and wildlife on the Isles of Scilly.
Sharon added: “Ray will also be fantastic at helping us to promote the destination; there can be few people better placed to promote the unique charms of the Isles of Scilly, with its peaceful, relaxed atmosphere offering a return to a simpler way of life.”
Ray shares more of his thoughts on Scilly in the latest edition of the Isles of Scilly Travel on-board publication, S Magazine, which features a full interview, as well as a foreword written by Ray.